Priced at Rs 80.40 lakh (ex-showroom, (Pune), the Mercedes GLS SUV will face heat from products like Volvo XC-90, Audi Q7 and other luxury SUVs.
The India-spec Mercedes GLS SUV is powered by a 258bhp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that is 22% torquier and 15% more efficient than the GL.
Mercedes-Benz India today launched its flagship SUV – Mercedes-Benz GLS – in the country at Rs 80.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). At this price, the Mercedes GLS SUV will lock horns with cars like Volvo XC-90 and Audi Q7. The new GLS is, basically, the facelifted GL, and referred as the S-Class of SUVs by the German carmaker.
The SUV receives significant cosmetic upgrades along with a bunch of additional comfort and safety features. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is the first ‘GL’ that will be produced outside the US.
|Mercedes-Benz GLS||Rs 80.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune)|
|Engine||3.0-litre V6 Diesel|
|Maximum Power||258bhp @ 3,400rpm|
|Maximum Torque||620Nm @ 1,600rpm – 2,400rpm|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||7.8 seconds|
|Transmission||9-speed –Tronic Automatic|
The new GLS is available in 6 color options – Designo Diamond White Bright, Citrine Brown Metallic, Cavansite Blue Metallic, Obsidian Black Metallic, Iridium Silver Metallic and Tenorite Grey Metallic.
|Kerb Weight||2455 kg|
|Turning radius||6.2 m|
|Fuel Tank capacity||100L (including 12L reserve)|
The comprehensive changes have been made to the front fascia of the SUV. The new GLS features a revised grille with dual-slats and bigger signature logo, re-designed Multi-beam headlamps with new LED daytime running lights and muscular bumper with larger air intakes. Though, the side profile remains unchanged. The SUV comes fitted with 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels and 275/50 R20 front and rear tyres. Moving towards rear, the GLS gets new LED tail lamps, revised rear bumper and details.
Inside the cabin, the Mercedes GLS India SUV looks largely identical to the GL. Though, the car gets a new 8-inch stick-out touchscreen infotainment display with a centre console integrated touch pad, Apple CarPlay, new three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and premium Nappa leather upholstery. The SUV is available with two interior trims – brown open-pore ash wood and light longitudinal-grain aluminium. The new GLS offers a massive boot capacity of 680 with third row up, and 2300-litres with 2nd and 3rd row folded. There is open luggage compartment capacity behind driver’s seat, rear seat and 3rd row seat measuring 1,210-litres, 680-litres and 295-litres respectively.
The SUV ensures high-end safety with features like collision prevention assist, attention assist, crosswind assist, electronic stability program (ESP), brake assist and electronic all-wheel drive (AWD) traction control with 4ETS. Mercedes-Benz also offering a driver-assistance package with the SUV that includes active lane keeping assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with steering assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe brake with pedestrian detection, etc. The Mercedes GLS is a proper 7-seater SUV with backrest angle adjustment for 2nd row and electric folding for 3rd.
In India, the Mercedes GLS SUV is being offered with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel powertrain that is paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 258bhp at 3,400rpm and 620Nm of torque between 1,600rpm – 2,400rpm. The SUV comes with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Despite being heavy and huge, the Mercedes GLS can do 0-100 kmph sprints in 7.8 seconds. It offers a top speed of 222kmph.